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Two homes damaged in separate lightning strikes

Workers were already beginning to make repairs on a home on Edgewater View last week after a lightning strike caused a fire that severely damaged the roof. - Staff photo by Hank Long

A lightning strike and subsequent house fire left a Woodbury family unharmed but displaced last week.

On Tuesday, July 22, Woodbury police and fire responded to a house fire on the 3100 block of Edgewater View. The residents, who reported the incident to the Woodbury Public Safety Department shortly before 5 p.m., left the home safely and stayed in a local hotel the night of the fire.

Woodbury firefighters were able to contain the fire, without much damage to the overall house, but Woodbury assistant fire chief John Wallgren estimated that the fire caused significant amount of damage to the roof of the home.

"It was a great save in that we were able to contain it enough to save all the belongings in the house, but the roof will most likely have to be replaced," Wallgren said.

Woodbury Public Safety Department officials offered to contact the Red Cross for assistance with the displaced residents, but no help was needed at the time, Wallgren said.

On Friday morning another passing storm and another lightning strike caused a significant amount of damage to a house in the Stone Mill Farms neighborhood, which Wallgren said made for an interesting week for the fire department.

The Friday lightning strike did not result in a fire, but blew a few holes in the walls of the house, Wallgren said.

"We usually respond to about 3-5 lightning strikes a year that end up causing heavy damage to homes," Wallgren said. "So this was kind of weird to have two in just a few days."